Parents are the most powerful force in influencing their child’s life. This is especially true when it comes to teaching them to eat healthy. But, that’s a hard thing for a parent to do when they themselves aren’t positive as to what “eating healthy” means. My goal here in Kid’s Corner is to motivate, educate, and empower parents so that they can approach raising healthy children with confidence.
It Starts With You:
Children look to their parents as examples for everything they do. So remember that telling your children what to eat or that they should go out and play isn’t enough. We must also show them. We do this by adopting a healthy lifestyle ourselves and cultivating it throughout our families. This means cooking and eating healthy goes for everyone in the house, including you! When children see their parents enjoying fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins as mainstays, they quickly understand that this is the way one should eat.
This applies for physical activity as well. Instead of sitting on the couch and watching TV, get out and play with your children or schedule regular family walks together. If you decide to take on a fitness routine, show them that it is important to you by applying yourself and staying committed. Remember, it’s not about a diet or a temporary fix. This is about building long term lifestyle choices that become ingrained in our kids. That’s how we ensure that we are building healthy kids for life.